It’s every tennis player’s worst nightmare. You’re deep in the third set of an important match, down breakpoint on your serve. You finesse in the serve to get the point started, and then get entrenched in a lengthy back and forth baseline rally. With every shot the pressure grows, but at last! Your opponent gives you the short forehand that you’ve been waiting for. With Federer-esque grace and agility you move in for the kill. As you strike the easy sitter, visions of hitting the winning the shot quickly evaporate as you hear the pop of your strings. The ball launches off your broken strings, and lands closer to Timbuktu than your intended target.
I must admit, this is a bit of an over exaggeration, but it brings up a good question: how often should you change the strings in your tennis racquet to optimize your play and prevent unwanted broken strings? The general rule of thumb is to replace your strings as many times a year as you play per week. For example: a player that plays 3 times a week should have their racquet strung 3 times a year or once every 4 months.
Many players like to go by how their racquet strings feel. Over time, the tension of the strings in the racquet decreases. As the tension naturally declines, you will notice that you gain more power, but lose some control on your shots. So if your strings feel “looser” or “softer” than they were before it’s probably time to restring your racquet. A tell-tale sign of strings that are getting loose and need to be replaced, is that they move out of position after just a few points.
Keeping your racquet strings in tip-top shape will help prevent untimely string breaks, and help maintain the control of your shots. Stop by the front desk today or ask one of our Tennis Professionals to examine your racquet to see if it’s time to get some new strings!